November 26, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the final report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada, commonly known as the Krever Commission. The Commission was set up in 1993, following Canada’s worst public health tragedy in which 1200 people were infected with HIV and many thousands with hepatitis C through infected blood and blood products, transfused in the 1970s and 1980s.
This Report Card constitutes the sixth time in the last 20 years that the Canadian Hemophilia Society has reported to Canadians on the state of the country’s blood system.
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Ten Years after the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada
The Canadian Hemophilia Society presented its 2005-2007 Report Card on Canada’s Blood System on November 26, 2007—the 10th anniversary of the release of the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada. This was the fourth such evaluation by the CHS since the milestone 1997 commission report known as the Krever Report, which led to a new national blood system. The CHS also chose this day to launch the Commemoration of the Tainted Blood Tragedy, with a tree-planting ceremony at the headquarters of Canadian Blood Services, in Ottawa.
“We promised our members we would do all in our power not to let such a tragedy happen again,” said Pam Wilton, CHS President. “The Commemoration to remember those who lost CHS releases Report Card on Canada’s Blood System their lives, and the Report Card to focus attention on a safe and secure blood system, are two parts of that commitment.”
The Report Card was prepared by the members of the CHS Blood Safety and Supply Committee in consultation with stakeholders in the blood system, including representatives of other blood product recipient groups.
Prepared by the Blood Safety Committee of the Canadian Hemophilia Society
January 31, 2005